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edge at 11:00. >>> the news edge all over the earthquake disaster in japan. fears growing by the hour tonight about two nuclear reactors. levels inside one, a whopping 1,000 times higher than normal. no one is sure how it will get brought under control. the cooling systems inside those reactors knocked out by the most powerful earthquake in japan's history followed by a massive tsunami. as many as 1,000 people are feared dead. fox 5's roz plater monitoring the images of devastation still coming into the newsroom tonight. >> that earthquake struck almost 24 hours ago now, about 3:00 in the afternoon when folks were at home, work or shopping. many picked up their cell phones and began recording that 8.9 quake. here now the impact through their eyes. this video taken inside the home of a young japanese family, the father walking from room to room capturing the frightening tremors and surveying the damage as his daughters duck under a table for cover. at the same time workers in a grocery store dodging cans as they come flying off the shelves. more terrifying moments at an air
to the disaster in japan and the latest efforts to it avoid a meltdown of the damaged nuclear -- to avoid a meltdown of the damaged nuclear reactors on the pacific coast. let's go to fox 5 laura evans down in the newsroom monitoring the very latest information. >> that's one of the possible solutions, another effort is plant operators say they're close to finishing a new power line that could ease the crisis, but there is still great concern and confusion over the situation at fukushima involving a pool there. the chief of the u.s. nuclear regulatory commission said told the water is gone from that pool -- today the water is gone from that pool. if that is true, it means there would be nothing to stop a potential meltdown, but the japanese tonight deny that. as for the survivors, the earthquake and tsunami has ripped away life as they knew it. hundreds of thousands of people are crammed into makeshift shelters across japan and all the while still dealing with almost hourly aftershocks, freezing cold temperatures outside and food rationing. the infrastructure roads where cars once drove a
recovering in a hospital. today people across japan held a moment of silence to mark one week since the quake and tsunami struck. >>> the disaster is only beginning to take its toll on automakers worldwide. one u.s. plant has temporarily shut down and that may be just the beginning. the disaster has already forced toyota to stop production until at least next week in japan. about 70% of vehicles sold in the u.s. are north american made. however, the new prius hybrid is assembled in japan. some dealers already taking advantage of expected shortages. >> you're going to see a price spike certainly in the popular models. >> reporter: general motors has temporarily shut down a truck plant in louisiana because they could not get enough japanese made parts. ford motor company has not been affected yet. >> we have had no production disruptions, but we're going to continue to monitor, continue to work with our suppliers and minimize any impact on our operations and i think the whole industry will go through that and this will be a situation that will play itself out literally over the next days and we
:00. >>> we're following breaking news out of japan tonight, the nuclear threat escalating within the last hour. japanese officials have announced workers will be unable to continue their efforts to prevent a potential meltdown at the nuclear plant. the decision made because of radiation risks. fox 5's laura evans following the latest from the disaster now. laura. >> brian, this is just breaking right now and it seems the situation is getting -- going from bad to worse. japan has now suspended as you said, operations at the fukushima nuclear plant in their efforts to try to prevent a meltdown. this follows a surging radiation after a fire at the facility today. earlier, the plant's operator was planning to use helicopters to try to douce the reactors with water and acid to stop the radiation leak but now ers are being told to leave, and we are learning it's just too dangerous for anyone to stay brian. >> well, laura, what's the damage right now? >>reporter: right now brian, officials are saying that 70 percent of the fuel rods in one of the six reactors are significantly damaged. there is
with the news edge at 11:00. >>> right off the top tonight japan at this hour is staring down a catastrophic nuclear accident. a nuclear plant on the northeast coast is on the verge of a full meltdown after another explosion earlier tonight. a fourth reactor is on fire causing more dangerous radiation to spew into the air. the japanese prime minister says radiation levels are high enough to pose severe damage, severe danger. people within 19 miles of plant are being told to stay inside even though many don't have homes to stay in. all of this, the latest fallout in the wake of a 9.0 magnitude quake and tsunami. back to the nuclear explosion, hours ago it was the third blast in four days exposing as many as 190 people to elevated radiation. a lot of power at plant is causing cooling systems to fail. tonight the death toll from this catastrophe is more than 2,400. it's expected to hit at least 10,000. right now we want you to sit back in your seat. go ahead. stop what you're doing if you would for just a second here. get a sense of how helpless the japanese were during just the tsunami part of
in to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami in japan donating $100,000 to the american red cross to help with disaster relief and starting today they're also collecting donations in all stores on behalf of those affected by the japan disaster. and no. 1, the traffic alert to get ready for, a big project starting april 4th. the virginia department of transportation will begin a $48 million effort to repair and resurface i-66 between the beltway and route 50. two of three eastbound lanes will be closed sunday through thursday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. vdot recommends avoiding that area during those hours and that is tonight's fox 5 top five. >> the cherry blossom festival takes on new meaning after the tragic event in japan. we're introducing you to a man who helps keep the japanese culture alive in our area, especially this time of year. >>> as we head to break check this out. a kayaker in florida gets up close and personal with that big old shark. you can seat huge basking shark swimming nearby as -- see the huge basking shark swimming nearby as a bunch of people shouted from the pier. the k
radiation readings outside japan's crippled nuclear plants show levels extremely higher. >> my understanding is that the situation continues to be very serious. >> reporter: the head of the united nations nuclear watchdog says it's still an uphill battle at the fukushima dai- ichi nuclear power plant. crews racing to get the facility under control after it was damaged by an earthquake and tsunami earlier this month, adding to the dilemma, radiation levels in nearby seawater more than 3,300 times normal. halfway a world away leaders in washington are trying to soothe fears of a similar event happening in the united states. >> with regard to american reactors, we believe they are safe and as a result of this tragedy they're going to be safe. >> reporter: but what if something does happen in the u.s.? the federal government has evacuation plans in place for people living within 10 miles of a potential disaster, but the u.s. warned americans to stay at least 50 miles away from the fukushima power plant prompting the question from a new jersey senator at a hearing on capitol hill today. >> why no
on the disaster in japan. workers at the crippled fukushima nuclear plant discovered new pools of radioactive water leaking from the complex today, still unclear where the leak is coming from and another cause for concern. workers detected plutonium outside the plant. >>> the mayor delivered his first state of the district address tonight, what vincent gray says will help steer d.c. in a better direction. >>> but first a quick check of our rundown. the news edge at 11:00 will be right back. >>> i believe in a d.c. d.c. that is one city where all of our leaders, wards and neighborhoods, all of our social and racial and economic groups come together to make the city a more live an, workable, prosperous, passionate probably capital. >> d.c. mayor vincent gray talking unity in his first state of the district address earlier tonight. he spoke from eastern senior high school about his vision for d.c., gave a preview of his budget proposal which will be unveiled later this week. mayor gray's administration, of course, marred with questionable hirings, issues coming before the d.c. council today. mem
wheelchair. if you have any information call police. >>> to japan where the rising death tollis forcing the government to abandon buddhist funeral rites. more than 11,000 are dead and are conducting mass burials. meanwhile, they're overhauling the standards following the problems at the fukushima plant. >>> the fairfax county board of supervisors commended the team of 74 members who spent on a recovery mission following the deadly wake and tsunami. >>> two members who have had words before are back at it. find out what happened when marion barry strolled into that meeting. >>> the news edge back seconds.  >> the wife of the former prince georges county executive will be in court again on may 4 on charges of conspiracy and witness tampering. leslie johnson is accused of destroying a $100,000 check her husband got from a developer. mrs. johnson holds her county council seat despite the investigation. she'll have to give up the seat if she's convicted on the felony charges. >>> it's going to be another week or so before we learn about the gray administration
because gadhafi's forces are advancing toward opposition held benghazi. >>> to japan now, still unclear if the overheating fuel rods at the fukushima nuclear plant are under control. emergency workers used water canons, heavy duty fire trucks, military helicopters. tonight a senior official of the u.n. nuclear agency describes the situation as very serious but relatively stable. meanwhile president obama says u.s. officials do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the west coast, hawaii or alaska. >>> an explosion rocks a montgomery county neighborhood. laura evans is everywhere at 11:00. >> that explosion damaged a front window and room at a multi-million dollar home at potomac. no one was home. the cause is under investigation. authorities released the photo of a unique necklace that may be related to this crime. police want you to call if you have any information that could help crack this case. >>> the reward is growing in bethesda tonight over a murder of two employees -- excuse me, a murder of one employee at lululemon. both employees were sexually attack expected beaten
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